The Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA connects the surrounding communities of Swansea, Somerset, Rehoboth, Dighton, Berkley, and more. Our goal is to foster a strong community. This can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. We are here to help individuals and families thrive.
Precautions will continue to be taken to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff at YMCA Southcoast branches:
- Clean and disinfect surfaces with increased effort and frequency
- Ensure anti-bacterial agents are available for member use
- Elevate staff awareness and establish clear guidelines so that staff can help members stay healthy
Y School Age programs help kids develop socially and academically. Our curriculum includes developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences that foster the spirit of inclusion. Children are learning while having fun!
Value Added Benefits include:
- Y Financial Assistance available
- PACE Vouchers accepted
- A family value payment plan option
Located on 36 acres of beautiful land in Swansea, Camp Weetamoe features state-of-the-art sports fields, an Adventure Course, and a 20-foot tall inflatable water slide. Campers will spend each day rotating through a number of activities, including sports, arts and crafts, high and low ropes elements, archery, science experiments, and everything else Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA has to offer.
For those with more particular interests, we offer specialty camps, too. Specialty camps spend approximately 50% of their day focused on their special interest. Specialty offerings include Dance, Cheerleading, Basketball, Soccer, Engineering, Cooking, and more. Check the camp brochure for specific offerings this summer.
Summer is a time of exploration, skill development, and learning at Camp Weetamoe. Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff can’t wait to see you at camp this summer!
Ages: Children entering kindergarten through age 15
Financial assistance available
EEC contracted slots
PACE vouchers accepted
Transportation: Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the program site
Lunch is provided to all campers daily
A 2022 camp application, auto-draft authorization, health history, annual physical exam, and immunization record are mandatory for every camper who attends camp.
YCares Financial Assistance: At the Y, we know that every child can benefit from camp. We also know that not all children have what they need to thrive. That’s why together, with the generous support of our donors, we provide camp scholarships for families who need us most. If your family needs assistance, let us help. At the Y, no one has been turned away because of an inability to pay.
BEHIND THE NAME
Weetamoe was a Pocasset Wampanoag Native American Chief. She was the sunksqua, or female sachem, of the Pocasset tribe, which occupied contemporary Tiverton, Rhode Island in 1620. Because her father had no sons, she became sunksqua, and was defended by an army of more than 300 men that she commanded. Being a woman did not diminish her authority, despite many colonists’ lack of understanding of her position.
Weetamoe joined “with King Philip in fighting the colonists” in 1675, in King Philip’s War, also known as “Metacomet’s Rebellion.” King Philip’s War is named for the uprising of Metacomet, Weetamoe’s brother-in-law and the younger brother of Wamsutta, who was also known by the English name Philip. Early on in the war, Weetamoe gave support to Metacomet by aiding his forces with the strength of her soldiers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PRICES & MEMBERSHIP TYPES
If you’ve been thinking that you can’t afford to be part of the Y – think again! At YMCA Southcoast, we welcome everyone’s involvement by providing financial assistance through our Financial Assistance Program. It’s an important part of our mission.
Your Y’s Membership Director will review your financial information and based on a sliding fee scale, determine the amount of assistance that will be offered to you. You will receive a letter regarding your assistance within one week of the Y receiving your application.
This program is funded through our Annual Campaign and through the United Way.
We are committed to this simple policy: No one will be turned away due to their inability to pay for Y programs, camps, or memberships. Please complete the YCares application and return it to your local YMCA Southcoast branch in Dartmouth, Fall River, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Swansea, or Wareham.
Your first month’s membership dues will be pro-rated at the time that you join. Most members pay dues through a monthly bank draft/credit card that will be established at the time you join. You may also pay for your membership dues on a quarterly or annual basis.
Only one complimentary guest pass per visitor. Must present a valid ID at Welcome Center. Children ages 17 & under must have a parent/guardian signed waiver on file on their 1st visit. Please do not drop off children under the age of 12. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To fulfill our commitment to the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, the Y provides Financial Assistance to families and individuals in need. Financial Assistance is supported by the Annual Support Campaign at YMCA Southcoast. This fund is made up of donations from individuals and businesses who believe in our mission to provide access to all. We are so grateful to these donors for keeping the Y accessible to everyone.
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MAKE A STOCK GIFT
Many employers have matching gift programs. Gifts from employees’ spouses and retirees may also qualify for a match. 100% of both donations will directly support individuals and families who need financial assistance to be a part of the Y. Please check with your company’s HR department to see if your company offers a matching gift program.
YMCA SOUTHCOAST is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax ID number is 04-2104749.
MAKE A PLANNED GIFT
With a legacy gift to the Y, you can ensure programs and services continue to change people’s lives. Learn more here
MAKE A GIFT BY MAIL OR PHONE
To make a gift by mail, please send your donation to:
128 Union Street, Suite 304
New Bedford, MA 02740
To make a gift by phone, please call 508.996.9622 x 123.
VOLUNTEERING AT THE Y
As a YMCA volunteer, your time and talent goes a long way. You can lead a program, serve as a role model for young people, help with a special event, campaign for annual support, or be a part of a committee working to make the YMCA the best it can be! No matter how you help you’ll make a big difference as you work with others to create a feeling of connectedness in your community.
New members have 30 days from the date of membership to decide if the Y is the place for them. If you are not completely satisfied, you will receive a full refund. To do so, you must complete the appropriate form available at the Welcome Center. For additional refund policies, please contact your nearest branch.
WHAT IS NATIONWIDE MEMBERSHIP?
Nationwide Membership enables you to visit any participating Y in the United States through membership at your “home” YMCA (your home location is the facility that enrolled you as a member and that collects your membership dues). We offer this because we want to help you reach your health and wellness goals wherever you live, work or travel. This is an essential part of our cause of strengthening communities.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Valid for active, full facility YMCA members
- Nationwide member visitors must use their home Y at least 50% of the time
- Program-only participants and special memberships are not eligible for Nationwide Membership
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE AT THE YMCA?
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